Nuclear, Waste Management & Decommissioning

Utah firm signed for decommissioning of retired Nebraska nuclear plant

Nuclear shutdown specialist EnergySolutions is deepening its level of collaboration with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and its employees in the decommissioning of the now closed Fort Calhoun station.

The Salt Lake City, Utah-based EnergySolutions signed the deal to provide technical support in a dismantling plan that OPPD says will save its ratepayers about $200 million. OPPD’s board of directors has endorsed an accelerated method of decontamination and deconstruction.

The Fort Calhoun nuclear station was shut down in 2016 and could be fully dismantled by the mid-2020s, according to the utility. The 484-MW single reactor facility, which is about 20 miles from Omaha, operated for 43 years.

“We are excited about the opportunity to continue working with OPPD towards the full decommissioning of FCS,” said Ken Robuck, EnergySolutions president and CEO. “We are confident our partnership and common vision for this project with OPPD and continued ability to utilize its experienced workforce will be a tremendous benefit to the safe and successful completion of this project.”

The project will be led by OPPD employees, with EnergySolutions personnel supporting with technical and specialized project expertise. OPPD retains full ownership, control and regulatory accountability for the site.

EnergySolutions has been providing decommissioning management and radiological waste services since OPPD ceased operations at at Fort Calhoun. This new contract expands levels and avenues of support, on and off-site.

Last month, EnergySolutions announced it had completed decommissioning of the SEFOR Test Reactor near Fayetteville, Arkansas. The company previously has completed similar work at shuttered power plants in Illinois and Wisconsin.